Anderson Silva's "Temper Tantrum"

Over at Yahoo, Maggie Hendricks blasts Anderson Silva for having a temper tantrum, all while having her own in the form of a hectoring article:

He is a professional fighter, and needs to do the job. Period. He is paid to fight the person put in front of him. This is not any different from you or me. Can you imagine what would happen if you showed up at work today and decided to not do your job? You might not like the work that you have to do that day, but you still have to do it. It is no different for Silva. I agree that the UFC needs to find better opponents for Silva, but the way for him to cajole his bosses into searching for better fighters is not to throw a childlike tantrum. He needs to destroy his opponents convincingly, and then ask for what he wants like a man.

Listen, I was critical of Silva's performance, but this condescending tone is way over the line.  It was a 5 round fight, Silva is completely entitled to take his time.  I'd rather see him demolish dudes, but it is nowhere in his job description that he absolutely has to murder guys in the first round.  I would have rather seen him do that than play games and toy with Cote, but it's well within his right to do so for a couple rounds.

According to Fight Metric (and anyone who watched the fight), Silva completely dominated.  He took his time with the fight, and would have probably finished in the third round if not for Cote's injury.  I think a lot of the disappointment on the internet comes from the fact that we felt entitled to see Silva destroy Cote, and now that we didn't get it, it's like Christmas morning without presents.  Maybe we should all grow up...

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